Team Naturally, Run: Train for a 10k

It was a bit quiet around these parts last week, but that’s because I had something super exciting in the planning…


Introducing: Team Naturally, Run!

Let me back up a bit. It all started when I was training for Run to the Beat and quite a few of my friends made murmurs around how they would love to compete in a race; get fitter; learn to run; tone up for summer etc. Despite all my encouragement and ‘you CAN do it’s’, only a few made the transition from the couch to the pavement. I wanted to be able to encourage these girls a bit more, and provide them with some guidance – around how to train, what to wear, what to expect.

With this year being the Year of the 10k for me, I started brainstorming. Why not do it together?

I started putting out the word – who would be keen to train for a 10k race with me? Turns out – quite a few were! As of last week, I have 14 lovely ladies who are starting their 8 week training today.

And here’s where you can get involved too!

There is a super cool women’s race coming up on SATURDAY 18 MAY in London (more on this soon!) – which is exactly 8 weeks away.

If you live in London, and want to join Team Naturally, Run then simply pop your details in the side bar over there —> and I’ll email you the training plan (which allows for both an 8 week training lead up, or a 6 week training lead up).

I’ll be sending out weekly encouragement emails full of tips and tricks on different topics – all with the aim of keeping you motivated through the next 8 weeks of training. I’m planning to get the group together a couple of times for training runs, and meet up before and after the race. There may be a few treats from me at the end too – just as an extra WELL DONE 🙂

Even if you don’t live in London, you can still get involved! Sign up to receive the training plan and emails – and then make plans to run your own 10k at the end of the 8 weeks.

I’ll be posting the Team Naturally, Run: train for a 10k series on the blog here too, so even if you don’t want to join the team right now, you will be able to follow along regardless. You can expect to hear from some of the girls who are training too.

SO, if you have been thinking about starting running, fancy doing a race, or just get some exercise in before summer – then why not join Team Naturally, Run? Sign up now on the side bar. The medal will be one to be proud of.

If you are wavering on the 10k distance – trust me when I say that ANYONE can get to that distance by committing to 2-3 runs a week for 6-8 weeks. There are all abilities in the group so far – from seasoned runners to brand spanking new beginners. It’s all about supporting and encouraging each other and doing it together!

I’d love to have you on board!

p.s. if you have a blog and want to add a Team Naturally, Run button to your sidebar – there are some available for you to grab too.


  1. Bronnie March 25, 2013 / 12:15 pm

    I’m in! And so excited to receive that medal at the end!! It will be my running chant – MEDAL MEDAL MEDAL!

    • Leah March 25, 2013 / 12:30 pm

      Good mantra to run to. Mine is “just keep running, just keep running” to the tune of Finding Nemo’s “just keep swimming”. That and “you won’t die, you won’t die”. Whatever works!

  2. Heather Leonard March 25, 2013 / 6:28 pm

    Aw man I’m so gutted I don’t live in London! Would love to join your running club, somebody needs to whip my butt into shape!

    • Leah March 26, 2013 / 11:45 am

      You can still join Heather – and just follow along yourself! Maybe you could find another race close to home to compete in instead?

    • Leah March 25, 2013 / 11:18 am

      Hooray! So many girls I know like to run, and for others who want to get involved – it’s cool to have a supportive environment for us all to encourage each other and hit those goals!

    • Renee April 20, 2013 / 5:44 am

      Would love to join this, I used to live in London doing my OE but returned to NZ a couple of years ago. I’m training for my first 10K in Huntly on the 26 May so this would be perfect timing. I’ve just managed to get to the point where I can run 5K…one foot in front of the other 🙂

      • Leah April 29, 2013 / 7:23 pm

        Hi Renee, so awesome to have you as a virtual part of the team! I’ve added you to the database 🙂 That’s awesome that you are already up to 5k…you will make it to 10k in no time! Can’t wait to hear how your race in Huntly goes xx

    • Leah March 25, 2013 / 11:17 am

      Yay – so glad to have you as part of the team 🙂

  3. Lauren @PoweredbyPB March 25, 2013 / 11:12 pm

    Nice idea, I’m training for a 10k on the 3rd June, so will be keeping up with your posts for sure!
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    • Leah March 26, 2013 / 11:47 am

      Awesome Lauren! It’s perfect timing for you then 🙂

  4. Lucy March 26, 2013 / 10:03 am

    This is a great idea, group motivation is the best 🙂 ! I’ve signed up – am not sure if I’m courageous enough to actually partake in the race as I’ve never run such a long distance/or raced before! But am hoping this will provide some extra inspiration to kick my ass into gear 😉 Thanks Leah!
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    • Leah March 26, 2013 / 2:53 pm

      Yeah I am hoping the group aspect really provides extra motivation for ladies to get out there and cross the finish line (whether its at the Nike race, or another one). I really hope you will join us – this is the first time for MANY ladies in the group – there is someone of every single ability! You can do it Lucy!

  5. Caitlin March 26, 2013 / 10:43 am

    I’m so stoked for this training plan. Do you really think that *Anyone* can do this in 6-8 weeks? I’m awfully out of shape (as in, haven’t been running for 6+ months)… I’m super nervous but 10k is one of my goals this year and how AMAZING would it be to do it while I’m here in London?!

    • Leah March 26, 2013 / 2:56 pm

      I really really really DO think that anyone can do this in 6-8 weeks. I only had 11 weeks to train for a half marathon which I thought was totally not possible – yet I managed to cross that finish line!. If 10K is one of your goals, then what better environment to do it in – one that is supportive and full of like minded girls. So many of them are taking on this challenge as their first foray into running too! It’s awesome. And like you say – achieving it in LONDON…even better!

      You can do it Caitlin! xx

    • Leah March 26, 2013 / 5:08 pm

      Awesome, so glad to have you joining us Lenka! That’s really cool that you come up to London for NTC classes as well – might see you at one soon!

  6. Liz March 28, 2013 / 10:17 am

    Hiya I’m in Manchester and my 1st 10km is the 4th of may (eek) so am training already but would love to join in with you all 🙂 if anyone’s in Manchester/Stockport and fancies joining for a weekend run give me a shout 🙂 (and a copy of the 6week plan would be great 🙂 )

    • Leah March 28, 2013 / 1:10 pm

      Hey Liz – awesome to have you on board!! I’ll add you to the subscription list (so you should receive the plan today). Look forward to hearing how your training is going xx

  7. JenJ March 29, 2013 / 9:52 am

    This sounds so fun. Not sure I’m gonna be race-ready again by then, but I’ll be rooting for you all via the interweb! 😉 And good for you for starting this!!!
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    • Leah April 3, 2013 / 10:20 am

      Thanks for the virtual cheers Jen! I hope you are able to get back to running soon, and join us up in London for a race someday!

  8. Nicole April 4, 2013 / 11:55 am

    thx for the link one Facebook. 🙂 It sounds really interesting and I’d be glad to join you! I’ll live in Bournemouth for the next 10 weeks and want to take part of the Nike Run, too. 🙂 I’d love to meet you girls for a training run on one or two weekends before the race started. Yet I’m not that trained, but I’m still improving myself. Would be cool to meet nice people who are interested in the same.
    I just wrote me in into your training program and hope to have a great time then!

    Kind regards, Nicole
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    • Leah April 5, 2013 / 1:39 pm

      Hi Nicole,
      Glad to have you joining us! Hopefully you have received the training plan and are getting some runs in in Bournemouth. We will try and arrange a meet up sometime before the race too 🙂

      Shout out if you need anything!

      Leah 🙂

    • Leah April 8, 2013 / 4:37 pm

      AWESOME news!

  9. Rachel June 20, 2014 / 2:42 pm

    Ahhh I’m gutted I missed this!

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